The Gravesend Entertainment & Musical Society choir has been performing at venues and raising money for charities around the Borough for more than 100 years.
We hold regular concerts at Christmas and in the Spring where we perform a wide range of musical styles, from operetta to movie scores and have a lot of fun at rehearsals.
As the name suggests, we are a Gravesend based Society and most of our concerts are performed in the North West Kent area. What the name doesn't tell you is that no, we don't sing church music unless it is Christmas carols and most of the music we
sing is songs from musicals or popular songs from back in the 1930s right up to the modern day with usually a bit of Gilbert and Sullivan thrown in for good measure!
The choir presently has a concert season running from November to June every year. Our principal rehearsal evening is a Tuesday evening held at the 3 Daws Riverside Inn function room (downstairs), Town Pier, Gravesend, DA11 0BJ from 7.45pm to 10.00pm. (Free parking is available close by.)
As always, and like most other choirs and singing groups, we are always looking for new voices, especially you men out there. Well, why not try us out for a couple of Tuesday evenings?
Some choir members cannot read music or sight read so there is no need for you to worry if you are the same. Parts for different voices are taught line by line and everyone is very generous about helping each other learn their parts. What we achieve at the end of the day is really very good, even if we say so ourselves!
In January 2018, we welcomed our new Choir Director, Jordan Charles.
Jordan is a talented singer, song writer and choir director and has already won awards both as a choir director and vocalist. He currently stars as a talent judge on BBC1's hit show 'All Together Now' with Geri Horner. This follows his successful stint on BBC1's hit show 'Let It Shine' with Gary Barlow, where he personally performed with Dannii Minogue and the Kaiser Chiefs.
Since joining GEMS, Jordan has also taken on the role of Musical Director for the staged performance of "Oh! What A Lovely War!" last November combining this with a lead role in the show!
With bags of enthusiasm and a great sense of humour, Jordan always ensures the choir rehearsals are fun! So why not come along and see for yourself?